To increase capacity on their production lines and improve efficiency, Barrett Petfood Innovations purchased an Ai1800, Columbia/Okura’s top-of-the-line robotic palletizer and are running it as fast as they can to keep up with demand.
Columbia/Okura has been working with Bob's Red Mill since 2017, initially with a relatively simple system, moving into a two-line system for their 40lb flour case line in 2019. The most significant benefits the team has realized since introducing automation has been improved safety and the flexibility of the lines for their extensive product range.
Read more about their automation journey in the case study.
Columbia/Okura LLC marked the milestone of shipping our 1,000th robotic palletizer. We’ve designed and commissioned many successful palletizing systems, handling a massive range of products across dozens of industries worldwide.
The Sebewaing facility is one of four operated by Michigan Sugar. Approximately 925,000 tons of sugarbeets are processed annually at this location, with an average daily slice of about 5,400 tons. Each year, the factory produces about 260 million pounds of sugar, along with 12,000 tons of dried beet pulp, 130,000 tons of pressed pulp, and 36,000 tons of molasses. To package its sugar, the plant operates three bagging lines that together produce 150 bags/min.
Columbia/Okura LLC has recently upgraded their miniPAL® with the enhanced UR10e cobot arm by Universal Robots, increasing the payload to 12.5 kg (27.55 lbs) as well as replacing pressure sensitive safety mats with area safety scanners. This solution creates new possibilities with heavier payloads.